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Comedian Martin Lawrence to make crowd laugh at Legacy
Taking a break from being a movie star, Martin Lawrence will take the stage at the Silver Legacy on Saturday to remind fans that he was a stand-up comedian before the big-screen scripts started rolling in.  Well known for films such as “Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys II,” as well as more family friendly fare including “Wild Hogs,” “College Road Trip” and the animated “Open Season,” Lawrence’s stage act shows a different side of the actor.  According ...
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Award-winning Spanish Brass prepared to dazzle audiences
World-renowned quintet Spanish Brass has celebrated more than two decades of playing music around the world, steadily guided by a path lined with awards and accolades. Bringing the group’s stellar talents to Reno, Spanish Brass will perform today at 7:30 p.m. in Nightingale Concert Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
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Fans flock to Phoenix
Playing to an impressively sold-out crowd, fans flocked to the Knitting Factory Wednesday night to see the Grammy nominated French band Phoenix perform. However, the audience was met with a pleasant surprise, opening act Sea Wolf was just as worthy of the crowds attention.
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Shakespeare would agree 'Love Stinks'
With a little inspiration from a 1980s power ballad and a lot of material courtesy of William Shakespeare, director Michelle Calhoun-Fitts said the Sierra School of Performing Art’s play “Love Stinks” has a little bit of comedy, a little bit of love and a little bit of drama, all in time for Valentine’s Day. 
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Local bands savor the unique Taste of Reno
The Nu Alpha Kappa fraternity is presenting the second Taste of Reno show Saturday at the Knitting Factory.
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Eddie Money performs at the Nugget
Rocker Eddie Money will be performing on Saturday in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget at 8 p.m.
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Phoenix does not get lost in the musical translation
French band Phoenix has found success in the United States. It only took the band 10 years and four albums to do it. Nonetheless, lead singer Thomas Mars said the near-overnight success can be a little intimidating.  “It’s very exciting for us,” Mars told the Sparks Tribune. “We don’t have mainstream success anywhere else. We play in big places in Europe or Australia, but it’s never mainstream because we don’t try to make it mainstream. “Every...
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15 years of beer
The annual Brew Haha arts fundraiser is Friday night at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks.
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Reno improv group celebrates two years by getting 'Hostel'
RENO –– Empire Improv celebrates its two-year anniversary on Friday with a half-and-half show by comedy group Hostel Greetings. The two halves will be independent of each other. Each half is based on a single audience suggestion, such as a location, song lyric or a word. These suggestions will be created into a full-length, completely improvised play right before your eyes.  There will be no script, preparations or second chances.   The show w...
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Review: AFI's fire rages on
RENO -- Alt/emo/punk band A Fire Inside (better known as AFI) put on an energetic and entertaining show Saturday night at the new Knitting Factory concert house in front of a packed house. While fans have had varying opinions about the differences in the band's eight albums, all opinions were satisfied by the set list, which featured a mix of new and old tracks. After opening bands Ceremony and Viva Hate (note: My girlfriend described Ceremony...
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Review: Sheep dip gives infidelity the jab
Last night, Reno got sheep dipped, the Senate got the shaft and adulterous notables were thoroughly roasted for their infamous infidelity. Sheep Dip, now in its 46th year, gave northern Nevadans something to laugh about – namely their own state. The show was designed to take us back to some of the more scandalous and interesting news events of the past year and give a good chance to laugh it all off. However, the show was weighted heavily towa...
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The Evolution of Punk
AFI performs Saturday in Reno for the group's latest album, ‘Crash Love’
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Brüka brings ‘Bug’ to life
RENO — The Brüka will bring a little bit of love, a side of paranoia and a smidge of conspiracy into the new year with the first production of 2010, “Bug,” which opens Friday at the downtown theater.  The play centers around a confused and chaotic couple, Agnes and Peter, that live in a Oklahoma City motel room plagued with bedbugs and nightmares. Unable to tell the difference between reality and the dreams, Agnes and Peter slowly start to los...
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Sheared and dipped
The local madcap recap known as ‘Sheep Dip’ takes the stage this weekend at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
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‘Music for the emotions’
Philharmonic hopes to heat up winter with Latin-inspired show
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Hook, line and sinker
Reel Big Fish will try to sell out the new Knitting Factory in Reno while not being sell-outs.
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Best of 2009
Ahhh, the new year. A time for fresh beginnings and resolutions made with the best intentions (then broken). Out with the old, in with the new. A time to use up that bookstore gift certificate that’s burning a hole in your pocket. But what to buy? Lucky for you, the New Year is also a time for the annual Best Of list. So without further ado (and because that gift certificate is tingling), here are my best picks for 2009: Fiction If you love my...
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Keepin’ It Local
When the Knitting Factory opens in Reno today, area bands will have an extra hand getting on stage.
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New Year's Eve calendar of events
Looking for something to do this Thursday to ring in the New Year? There is something for everyone going on New Year's Eve. Bars and clubs •Great Basin Brewing Co.: Blue Turtle Seduction will take the stage at the Basin at 10 p.m. with blues-funk beats and they always put on a great show. The Basin is located at 846 Victorian Ave.  •Cantina Los Tres Hombres: The band Jelly Bread will perform at the Cantina at 10 p.m. The Cantina is located at ...
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